North Clubs













 INVOC Coaching and Training Series

 Lochardil and Culduthel Woods, Inverness

 Wednesday evening Session

20th Sept.  Meet at 6pm.

Map: 1:5,000 new in February 2017

Terrain:  A compact wood of deciduous and Scots Pine.  A complex path network with low visibility in places making for fast, but tricky running. Some urban elements to the map too.

Courses: yellow 1.3km, orange 2.5km & TD4/5 training course 3.0km.  Focus on map reading on the move - no stoppng.

Start times: 6pm to 6.15pm.  

Courses close at 6.50pm.

To register: To guarantee you a map please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday PM. Some maps available on the day.

Cost: £2/£1 (adults/Juniors)

Timing: no timing aside from your stop watch it is for fun/training.  

Kit: All our posh kit has gone to the WOLF so it will be old scraggy kites hung from trees!

Parking: at or on the streets around the Culduthel Christian Centre, 5 Culduthel Avenue, IV2 6AS .  Meet in the open space on the north side of Culduthel Avenue between Lochardil and Culduthel Woods.  Opposite the turn off to the Culduthel Christian Centre.

Organiser/Planners: Jacquie and James Laird  Contact: 07717223179

Coaches present: Jacquie Laird and Steve Bunn


 North Area Juniors – Training, 7 October 10.00-3.00pm

Before the weekend at the end of October (28/29), there is going to be one more training day with Jess Tullie for all North Area Juniors.

LOCATION: Auchernack and Balliefurth, Grantown on Spey (this is where the BASOC WOLF middle is). 

THEME: relay training.

WHO SHOULD COME:  Anyone who is able to complete an orange independently is encouraged to come along, and older juniors are also encouraged to come along to help inspire the youngsters and do some good quality training.

This is a great chance to get to learn from an expert and train with Juniors from your own and other North Area clubs before the competition at the Inter Areas. Anyone wanting to come along needs to let us know as soon as possible and return a completed consent form.  Please contact Jenny Hall via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TD5 Winter Training

Technical Difficulty 5 (TD5) the lingo for the top navigation challenge faced by those running green, blue, brown and black courses. Ater the success of last years series monthly training series we will be repeating it again this year.  Just to remind you we will be using our best areas to practise different navigation techniques and to just to run in terrain. It will run monthly for 5 months from October to February - putting you in tip top shape for the peak orienteering season of April & May. Sessions suitable for existing TD5ers and those aspiring to be TD5ers. No excuses now.

A full list of the TD5 training sessions will be advertised on the events page. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for info.

Coaches' Tips

For those of you who need to brush up on your control description symbols, they are all here


If you want  an idea of what techniques you need to be mastering next, have a look at the BOF step system chart here

New Coaches

We always have room for more coaches. If you love orienteering, working with youngsters/adult beginners and want to pass your skills onto others, you're the person we are looking for.

The current system for qualifying as a coach involves attending a one day Coaching Foundation Course followed by a 2 day residential course at Glenmore Lodge to take you to UKCC Level 1. This would then qualify you to coach up to TD3 with certain restrictions. Funding is normally available to cover the cost of courses.

Further details and dates are on the SOA website

Suzanne would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We are intending to implement a new * Star * Award system shortly which will enable juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Folders and record sheets will be given out at Abriachan.

Juniors! Collect event badges for attendance at events. Badges are awarded after attending 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 events. Download your event record sheets here, or contact the coaching team - coaching"at"

Record sheet - events 1 to 10

Record sheet - events 11 to 25

Record sheet - events 26 to 40

Record sheet - events 41 to 50